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Instructions on creating the Debian .deb package:

sudo apt-get install devscripts
sudo apt-get install dpkg-dev
sudo apt-get install fakeroot
sudo apt-get install debhelper
sudo apt-get install libgconf2-dev
  • check out the necessary version; for example, to build the .deb file for GRAMPS version 2.2.9, you'll want to run:
mkdir ~/gramps
cd ~/gramps
svn co
  • confirm that everything builds:
  • create the .deb package:
cd debian
export DEBEMAIL='[email protected]'
export DEBFULLNAME='Stephane Charette'
dch -v 2.2.9-1 "New upstream release"
cd ..
dpkg-buildpackage -rfakeroot
Remember to modify DEBEMAIL and DEBFULLNAME to reflect your e-mail and name.
  • release the .deb files:
cd ..
ls *.deb
Note the 2 files gramps_2.2.9-1_all.deb and gramps-help_2.2.9-1_all.deb, both of which need to be uploaded to